ford as john boehner indicated, they will be neighbors. reflecting on their long partnership, president ford once said to bone meal is an outstanding political leader and patriot who always carried the torch for the congress and the american people, carrying the torch. this statement captures the statement of tip's success, his extraordinary leadership and unflinching patriotism and his belief in the common good, and the unending fight for a more perfect union. mr. president, he carried the torch for all who believe the purpose of politics was to improve the lives of others. cit carried the torch for the underdog, the person on the street, the family struggling to pay the bills, carried the torch of opportunity, equality and every budget negotiation, every legislative battle, every bi-partisan agreement.